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A pack of Tarot cards

Tarot (タロット, Tarotto) refers to a deck of cards that determine an individual's fate and suggests their Stand abilities, featured in the third part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Stardust Crusaders.[1]

Standard tarot decks consist of 78 cards. However, Stardust Crusaders only features Stands based on the Major Arcana set of tarot decks, consisting of 22 cards. Each card has a deep meaning that changes depending on whether the card is in the normal position or in the opposite position (upside down).


Design on the back of a card

The tarot cards in Stardust Crusaders each have their own designs and symbolism that may relate to the Stand abilities. They were all designed by Hirohiko Araki, appearing similarly to real tarot cards but in Araki's own style. Muhammad Avdol first mentions the tarot cards to Jotaro Kujo so that he can determine Jotaro's destiny and name his Stand after Jotaro draws a card.[1] Throughout their journey to Egypt, the Joestar group is attacked by various tarot Stand users sent by Enya the Hag. The spin-off Crazy Diamond's Demonic Heartbreak indicates that it is Enya who assigned the Tarot Cards to the various assassins tasked with killing the Joestar Group.[2]

With the exception of Vanilla Ice's Cream, Kenny G.'s Tenore Sax, and the Egypt 9 Glory Gods, all of the remaining Stands are based on the tarot cards. However, the Nine Gods of Egypt also have unique cards that are displayed when the Stand user is introduced, and N'Doul states that the gods are the origins of the tarot cards.[3]

The tarot cards have been sold as merchandise in Adventure Battle Card. They were also included with DVDs for the Stardust Crusaders OVA and as a limited edition bonus in the Volume 2 Blu-Ray of Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt.

Stand Users

A list of Stand users whose Stands are based on the Major Arcana set of tarot cards, in order of their Stand's appearance.

Characters with Tarot Cards

List of Tarot Cards

The FoolLink to this section
0 OVATarot TheFool.png

It doesn't have a specific number, and it is placed in front of 1 with no fixed position. The real meaning of the name "FOOL" does not actually mean "fool" but "one who excels in a certain field".[4]

Stand / User
Innocence and spontaneity
The MagicianLink to this section
1 OVATarot TheMagician.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 115: Jotaro Kujo, Part 2
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 1: A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit

The stick in his hand represents imagination, the sword on the tabletop represents effort and difficulty, the gold coins represent skill and accomplishment, and the chalice represents the depth of his passions. On his head is the symbol for infinity.[4]

1 (I)
New beginnings
The High PriestessLink to this section
2 OVATarot TheHighPriestess.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 179: High Priestess, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 23: High Priestess, Part 1

It is also known as "The Chief Priestess". It is a card that represents calm behavior and deep thought, which are shown by the Book of the Law of Thoth, the God of Wisdom, held in her hand.[4]

Stand / User
2 (II)
Intuition and arcane knowledge
The EmpressLink to this section
3 OVATarot TheEmpress.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 147: Empress, Part 2
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 12: Empress

The crown symbolizes that she is an empress. At the same time, she reveals her bosom, showing that she is a woman and a mother. It is a card that represents grace and the power of reproduction.[4]

Stand / User
3 (III)
Growth of new life
The EmperorLink to this section
4 OVATarot TheEmperor.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 141: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 2
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 10: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 1

This card represents strength and ambition. The number of the card signifies the stability of everything, and also hints to the four elements of the material world: fire, water, earth, air, and the four seasons.[4]

Stand / User
4 (IV)
Order and control
The HierophantLink to this section
5 OVATarot TheHierophant.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 118: Noriaki Kakyoin, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 2: Who Will Be the Judge?!

The Hierophant is a card that heralds open-mindedness and assistance, and refers to an ancient Greek priest. It also determines all the good omens in nature, such as the growth of grains.[4]

5 (V)
Tradition and conformity
The LoversLink to this section
6 OVATarot TheLover.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 161: Lovers, Part 2
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 16: Lovers, Part 1

This card shows the occurrence of love, physical development, etc. Usually it shows two young and beautiful men and women in love, but for some reason, this card shows three of them.[4]

Stand / User
6 (VI)
Conscious connections and bonds
The ChariotLink to this section
7 OVATarot TheChariot.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 124: Silver Chariot, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 4: Tower of Gray

The chariot depicted here is a two-wheeled vehicle that was used in battle and competition in ancient times. It is also a strong card that heralds victory, overcoming all obstacles.[4]

7 (VII)
Invasion and victory
StrengthLink to this section
8 OVATarot Strength.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 130: Strength, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 6: Dark Blue Moon

The card shows determination and courage through the appearance of a man prying open the mouth of a lion, the king of beasts. He also has a symbol above him to indicate infinity.[4]

Stand / User
8 (VIII)
Resilience, compassion, and confidence
The HermitLink to this section
9 OVATarot TheHermit.png

He is also called "The Wise Man" and "The Alchemist". The word "hermit" doesn't mean "recluse" but "one who hides secret knowledge," and in his hand is a lamp in the shape of a five-pointed star.[4]

9 (IX)
Introspection and contemplation
Wheel of FortuneLink to this section
10 OVATarot WheelOfFortune.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 150: Wheel of Fortune, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 13: Wheel of Fortune

A card that indicates that fate will change. The "Ouroboros" serpent trying to swallow its own tail represents time and eternal fate, and that all events are in a cycle of reincarnation.[4]

Stand / User
10 (X)
Change and unpredictability
JusticeLink to this section
11 OVATarot Justice.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 154: Justice, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 14: Justice, Part 1

The scales in the left hand is for fairness and balance, and the sword in the right hand is for condemning those who corrupt justice. She is also known as the "Goddess of Justice," a card that represents righteous deeds.[4]

Stand / User
11 (XI)
Fairness and consequences
The Hanged ManLink to this section
12 OVATarot TheHangedMan.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 140: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 10: Emperor and Hanged Man, Part 1

This card is also known as "The Hangman". The man's crossed legs represent the number "4" and his arms represent the number "3". The answer of the multiplication of 4 and 3 embodies the twelve constellations.[4]

Stand / User
12 (XII)
Different perspectives
DeathLink to this section
13 OVATarot Death.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 168: Death Thirteen, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 19: Death Thirteen, Part 1

It depicts the Grim Reaper with a large scythe in his hand. Thirteen is an unlucky number, though it may not be depending on the card. It can also mean "a chance for rebirth," as it brings about great change.[4]

13 (XIII)
Self-awareness and transformation
TemperanceLink to this section
14 OVATarot Temperance.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 137: Yellow Temperance, Part 2
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 9: Yellow Temperance

The vessel on the left of the angel symbolizes existence, and the vessel on the right symbolizes recognition. The liquid that is poured from left to right and from right to left without withering is said to be the essence of life.[4]

14 (XIV)
Balance and moderation
The DevilLink to this section
15 OVATarot TheDevil.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 133: Devil, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 8: Devil

One of the most sinister cards. The torch that the devil has in his left hand represents destruction and curses, and the imps that are chained represent the weakness of a human being who has not refused temptation.[4]

15 (XV)
Confusion and misfortune
The TowerLink to this section
16 OVATarot TheTower.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 122: Head to Egypt
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 3: DIO's Curse

This is a card that suggests danger and failure, and has many names, such as "Tower of Lightning" and "Lightning Bolt". The tower is said to be the Tower of Babel, the biblical tower where man's wisdom was destroyed by the wrath of God.[4]

Stand / User
16 (XVI)
Unexpected interruption of a journey and chaos[5]
The StarLink to this section
17 OVATarot TheStar.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 114: Jotaro Kujo, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 1: A Man Possessed by an Evil Spirit

It suggests a bright future ahead and profound insight. The large star overhead indicates Aquarius, and the water flowing from the two jugs into the Nile are the essence of creation.[4]

17 (XVII)
Optimism, discernment, and hope
The MoonLink to this section
18 OVATarot TheMoon.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 127: Dark Blue Moon, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 6: Dark Blue Moon

This card implies trouble in water, insecurity, lies, betrayal, and fear of the unknown. The scorpion lurking in the water seems to represent the dangers of the world at night (the unknown).[4]

18 (XVIII)
Trouble in water, lies, betrayal, and fear of the unknown[6]
The SunLink to this section
19 OVATarot TheSun.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 166: Sun, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 18: Sun

With its light and heat, the sun represents the power that protects all life. The ancient Egyptians worshipped the sun god Ra as the god of human creation. Here, too, that Ra is depicted.[4]

Stand / User
19 (XIX)
Abundance, happiness, and fun
JudgementLink to this section
20 OVATarot Judgement.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 174: Judgement, Part 1
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 21: Judgement, Part 1

According to ancient Egyptian religion, after the "judgment" in the afterlife, the dead live happily under the sun god Ra. Perhaps this card represents the joy of the afterlife with people dancing and singing.[4]

Stand / User
20 (XX)
Rebirth and self-reflection
The WorldLink to this section
21 OVATarot TheWorld.png
Manga Debut: Chapter 248: DIO's World, Part 2
Anime Debut: Stardust Crusaders Episode 45: DIO's World, Part 1

The four elements of the material world, water, fire, earth, and air, are arranged to look like a bull, lion, eagle, and angel. In other words, it is a card that shows the perfect thing, the completion of everything, and the entire universe.[4] This card is the only one that does not have "Lucky Land" written on it.

Stand / User
21 (XXI)
Achievement and a pause in life before the next cycle



  • While Stardust Crusaders was being published in Weekly Shonen Jump, the tarot cards were originally drawn with different designs closely resembling cards from real copyrighted tarot decks. In the tankobons, they were re-designed to appear unique for JoJo.
    • The designs on the first tarot cards in the magazine version appear to be based on the Tarot of Marseilles deck set, but later chapters use designs from a different deck.
    • In the magazine version of Chapter 127's cover, the cards were drawn with designs from the Deva Tarot deck set.
  • The PlayStation version of JoJo's Venture gives Cream and Tenore Sax their own tarot cards, created specifically for the game's bonus Tarot Card Reading mode. Tenore Sax's card is referred to as "Labyrinth" and indicates a warning to sense the essence of things; Cream's card is referred to as "Different Dimension" and signals recognition from important people for one's hard work.[7]
  • On the official anime's website, Cream's tarot card is represented by a blank gray card with a black orb in the middle; depicting Cream's void form.[8]

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